Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where Are They Now: 2007 Unsigned Draft Picks

All this week we'll take a look at where the draft picks that the Rays haven't signed have ended up. I'll post a year each day, continuing with 2007:

17/515 - William Harvil, RHP, JC: Transferred to the University of Georgia and was picked in the 32nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after his senior season. Pitched 47.1 innings as a pro, almost all in short-season ball, before being released after the 2010 season.

22/665 - Ryan Turner, RHP, HS: Turner was re-drafted by the Rays in 2008 (in the 30th round) out of Midland Junior College, then drafted in 2010 in the 49th round by the Atlanta Braves out of McLennan College. He's at another school this year, Tarleton State, where he's struck out 61 in 38.0 innings as the team's closer.

23/695 - Joel Carranza, C, HS: Not sure what happened to him. Has a profile on the Pecos League website but no stats.

26/785 - Daniel Medlin, LHP, JC: Transferred to the University of South Carolina, but only pitched 6.2 innings there in 2009 before falling off the map.

29/875 - Robert Morey, RHP, HS: Attended the University of Virginia and came out as a 5th round pick in 2010 by the Florida Marlins. He's currently on their low-A team, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, where he has a 4.46 ERA.

31/935 - Stephen Sauer, RHP, JC: Transferred to Arizona State and was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox in 2008. Pitched 151 and 142 innings the past two seasons with some success as a sinkerballer, but is listed as being on the disabled list and hasn't pitched in 2011.

32/964 - Thad Griffen, C, HS: Griffen was considered a top-five-rounds talent coming out of high school, but he wanted an over-slot bonus and wound up slipping. The Rays took him late as a flier, but he went on to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Things went poorly there as he hit under .200. He had some mild success on the mound in 2010 in 15.1 innings but isn't on the team's roster in 2011.

33/993 - Randall Preach, RHP, HS: Went to Arizona State University, but pitched only 5.2 innings between 2008 and 2009. Not sure what happened after that.

35/1051 - Joe Terdoslavich, C, HS: Attended the University of Miami for a year before transferring to Long Beach State. After moving to 1B along the way, he was the 6th round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010. He's currently with their low-A affiliate, where he's hitting .252 but with ten home runs.

36/1080 - Travis Stortz, LHP, HS: Attended Stetson University where he pitched sparingly; only 33 innings in two years. Despite not pitching in 2010, the Brewers signed him as a undrafted free agent. He pitched 19.2 innings for the rookie-level team and seems to be in extended spring training.

39/1164 - Joseph Staley, C, HS: Went to Grayson Junior College before transferring to Stephen F. Austin University. Hit .267 there in 2009 but didn't return to the baseball team in 2010.

40/1192 - Will Smith, LHP, HS: Went to Gulf Coast Junior College and signed as a 7th-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels in 2008. Was traded last July to Kansas City in the Alberto Callaspo/Sean O'Sullivan deal and is currently with the Royals' double-A squad.

42/1244 - Sean Green, RHP, HS: Currently at a senior at Jacksonville University. ERA over 6.00, probably doubtful that he'll be drafted again in 2011.

43/1270 - Bradley Buehler, RHP, HS: Currently a senior at the University of Missouri. He's got exactly a strikeout per inning this year, but his ERA is 6.39.

44/1296 - Braden Degamo, C, HS: Went to Yavapai College in 2008 where he hit well in limited at bats. Transferred to Edmonds JC, sat out in 2009, hit just .215 in 2010, and doesn't seem to be playing in 2011.

45/1322 - Brett Miller, RHP, HS: Attended San Diego State University. Allowed 14 earned runs in 11.2 innings as a freshman and pitched just 0.1 innings as a sophomore in 2009 before evidently giving up baseball.

46/1346 - Elliot Glynn, LHP, HS: Fun fact time! Glynn was drafted in the 49th round in 2009 by the Padres, just a few picks before Ryan Turner (see above) was drafted by the Braves. Glynn is currently a senior at UConn, where he has a 4.08 ERA in 46.1 innings. His 2.99 ERA in 2010 wasn't supporting by strong peripherals.

47/1369 - Kyle Decater, OF, JC: Transferred from his JC to the University of New Mexico, where he plays two seasons mainly as a reserve outfielder. Wasn't drafted/signed after his senior year.

48/1391 - Matthew Evers, LHP, HS: There may be a more distant familial connection, but Matt isn't the son of former Durham manager and Rays bench coach Bill Evers. He's listed as a senior pitcher on the Rice University roster but has no stats recorded in 2011.

49/1412 - Kenneth Burdi, OF, JC: Can't find any post-2007 information on him.

50/1433 - Mark Peterson, LHP, HS: Underwent Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2007. Pitched 18.2 innings in 2009 for Florida State, transferred to Indian River College and then to the the University of Central Florida. He has a profile on the UCF website but isn't listed on the 2011 roster.

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